Switchel (Farmers Punch)
Before there was Gatorade, there was switchel or farmers punch!
Before there was Gatorade, there was switchel or farmers punch. This refreshing beverage was served historically to folks working in the farm fields on hot summer days as a way to replenish electrolytes. I have often served this as a refreshing summer beverage over ice and offered it in emergency situations where folks were becoming overheated.
This basic recipe can be adjusted to taste, adding more sweetener or vinegar according to your taste preferences. I also like to use infused herbal vinegar or honey to add flavor and/or nutrients. For example a lavender infused honey and/or vinegar can add nice flavor, as can a berry infused vinegar. Use your creativity or imagination!
Making a Switchel!
1 gallon cold water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey, molasses and/or maple syrup
Combine and chill.